In case you hadn’t heard, HBO has officially decided to finish off Game of Thrones once and for all with season 8. That means that there are only 13 glorious episodes of this saga left before we find out who (if anyone) takes the Iron Throne. However, though Game of Thrones may be ending, there may still be stories left to tell in Westeros. Could HBO have a spinoff in the works?

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At the Television Critics Association, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed the ending of Game of Thrones as well as expressed his personal hope that the show could last for years to come:

“I think David Benioff and D.B. [Weiss] have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said. “If I could get them to do more, I would take 10 seasons, but we want to take their lead with what they can do and what the best version of the show is.”

That being said, HBO can’t be all too excited that one of its biggest moneymakers is set to end in the next couple of years, so of course, plans to milk this property have to be discussed at least a bit. How could HBO keep the Game of Thrones fandom without new episodes of Game of Thrones? Why, a spinoff of course.

“We’ve talked about it,” Bloys said about a possible GoT spinoff. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but it has to make sense creatively. I’m open to it. The guys aren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans.”

If Weiss and Benioff are on board and the ones penning any possible spinoffs, at least we can trust that it would stick to the same high caliber that Thrones does. Of course, which direction a spinoff would go probably has a lot to do with wherever our current characters end up. Unless they would plan a prequel series, which could be equally epic.

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Kartik Chainani

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV